Jan. 7, 2019
By Rafaella Paes
The Lighthouse’s Athlete of the Month is junior Maggie Fodera. She is a varsity hurdler, high jumper and sprinter for the winter track and field team. Fodera has been running track for three years and has been on varsity since her freshman year.
“Growing up, I was surrounded by track because of my brother [Chris]. He ran the same event that I do now. I saw him as a huge role model and was instantly interested in the sport,” Fodera said.
She has also been playing on the varsity soccer team since her freshman year. As team captain and starting center back, she has helped her team get to states each year.
As for winter track, during Fodera’s freshman year, the girls winter track team won sectionals. Fodera played a major role in helping her team reach this achievement by excelling in all her events.
“It’s a huge accomplishment to get a ring the first year I ever did the sport,” Fodera said. “As a freshman, scoring points in a big meet was unreal.”
Fodera said she is planning on playing a sport in college, but she has not yet decided whether it is going to be track or soccer.
“It really just depends on the school and how I feel in the future. I still have a lot of time to decide, but I know I want to continue an athletic career in college,” Fodera said.
During the spring, Fodera runs on the outdoor track team. Last season, she beat two school records. Last year, she was part of the relay that twice beat the school record for 100-meter hurdles. She was also one of two LHS runners to make it to the Meet Of Champions, where she competed against some of the top runners in the state.
Fodera placed fourth in the Meet of Champions with a time of 15.45 seconds, beating the girls school record for 100-meter hurdles. Fodera said she is excited for the upcoming season because she has big goals.
“I’m definitely looking forward to working extra hard at practice to improve my time and go even farther than I did last year,” said Fodera.